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Mobile Stories
in the month of

April 3, 1937 


On April 3, 1937, the New York Yankees visited Mobile for a game against the New Orleans Southern League team at Hartwell Field. Players included Lou Gehrig, Joe Dimaggio and Bill Dickey. 

-- Fairhope Courier, April 1, 1937

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April 7th 

Marquis de LaFayette Visits Mobile, 1825

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On this site stood the home of Samuel M. Garrow, where the Marquis de Lafayette was entertained on his visit to Mobile in 1825. Lafayette, French officer, statesman, and hero of the American Revolution, visited the United States as "Guest of the Nation" in 1824-1825. Mobile gave an enthusiastic welcome to the distinguished general.

Historic Mobile Preservation Society 1936 (replaced 1975)


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Millard Fillmore Visits Mobile, 1854

(United States President 1850 - 1853, Last President of the Whig Party) 

April 9th 

Often overlooked, Mobile’s nineteenth-century Fireman’s Day parades, held each year on April 9th, once rivaled even the dramatic torch-lit night parades of New Year’s Eve and Mardi Gras in popularity. The city’s fire companies joined in one long procession, proudly displaying their engines, horses and mascots, competing for the most elaborate floral decorations.

Read more HERE 

Mobile Surrendered on April 12, 1865

Gen. Canby established his headquarters in the Custom House. Gen. Granger commands the department. Gen. Veitch commands the city. No action or other property was burned because, it was said, Gen. Granger would burn the city if the cotton was burned. It is estimated that from 20,000 to 30,000 bales of cotton have been captured in the city. Large quantities of pitch have also been secured. The city is quiet and orderly. Many citizens are anxious to take the oath of allegiance, and are glad to be released from rebel rule. Deserters are arriving in large numbers. The post-office will be immediately opened. The wharves and docks are in fine order. 

The Mayor of Mobile formally surrendered the city about 3 p.m. on the 12th inst., tendering the services of the pilots to bring the fleet safely up to the city. Gen. Granger met with a most enthusiastic reception upon entering the city. He remarked that he had never met so warm a reception in any place before…A large number of sick soldiers and stragglers, including 250 officers, were found in the city and sent to Ship Island The contents of the confederate commissary department were turned over to the poor of Mobile. 


Boston Daily Advertiser, April 24, 1865

Gambling in Mobile, April 15, 1845

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Daily Picayune, April 15, 1845 

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